From the Thorpe scrapbook in the PPP.
Carlow 1891 "small and early".
The "small and early" given by Mrs Bagenal and Mrs J. O.
Adair at Bennekerry on Friday developed into a large and
late . Over a hundred guests responded and I hear of six
o'clock as an hour at which not a few reached their
virtuous couches .
Bennekerry, which is particularly well suited to
festivities of the kind, was prettily illuminated, house
and gardens, with Japanese lanterns.
Mrs Bagenal wore a white silk dress, and Mrs Adair
appeared a pale blue silk. Amongst the many were Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Kavanagh (she looking particularly well in
blue and gold brocade); Mrs Browne-Clayton, who brought
not only a bevy of girls, but a bundle of young men;
Lady Butler, with her sons and daughters; Mrs Bruen,
with three daughters and two sons; Colonel and Mrs.
Fortescue Tynte and Miss Rochfort, Colonel and Mrs.
Howard-Brooke, Captain Hall and Mr Hooper. The last
three (sic) gentlemen came over from Wicklow, where they
are under canvas. Mrs. J. Westropp Dawson wore a
beautiful white satin, deified with pale green. Much
disappointment was felt at the non-appearance of the
bride, Mrs Pack-Beresford, who is suffering from a
chill. Mrs Hall-Dare, looking less like a grandmother
than ever, danced the Kitchen-Lancers with her
son-in-law, being well supported by her daughter, in
The above is a true and
accurate transcript of the original document.
Transcribed by Jean Casey, January